Am new to sharpening and was planning on ordering Dave's set of stones (as well as a diamond plate to flatten):
Suehiro Rika 5k
Whilst I've managed to find a place to get two of the stones, I can't seem to find anywhere that ships the 'Beston 500x' to the UK.
I'm planning on ordering from here:
Just wondering if anyone could suggest a good alternative to the 'Beston 500x' that is sold by 'tools from japan'?
Maksim from Japanesenaturalstones.com has them, he's in Denmark: http://www.japanesenaturalstones.com/beston-500/
+1 on Maksim. You could also just get yourself from Maksim the 300, 800 and Red Aoto (synthetic) and would have as good sharpening as as possible. BTW Maksim has a very nice sale prices on all the stones mentioned right now.
For a great (stainless Suehiro - I have the same one - it is great) stone holder and rather reasonably priced Atoma diamond flattening stone look here: https://www.fine-tools.com/scharf.html (Germany)
I have bought several items from both Maksim and fine-tools - both get my recommendation.
Thanks for the links. Have now checked out those two websites, however they do seem quite a bit pricier than what I was hoping for (at least for the moment since I'm a beginner just staring out sharpening).
Since this will be my first set I thought I'd just get a set of stones from one place (and therefore avoid having to pay multiple shipping charges).
The only stone missing from the 'tools from japan' website is the 'beston 500x' so I was just wondering if anyone had any experience with a stone of similar cutting performance to the beston 500x that's sold by 'tools from japan'?
Chosera 400 isnt to bad. Maybe shapton pro 320.
Indeed, you may consider the Chosera 400 with http://www.knivesandtools.co.uk/
Hi MK I just got a beston / bester 500 from metal master in Japan. Good price and after lapping cuts like a good un.
Originally Posted by mk92730
I would really like to buy from Japanese stones but the
Delivery charges are prohibitive if you don't exceed the minimum spend